Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
Established in 1974, the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) is nationally recognized for its pioneering work and exemplary treatment, prevention and education programs.
Services for Victims
The RTC provides free, expert, comprehensive, and compassionate care for sexual assault victims – children and adults – 24 hours a day, including emergency medical treatment and forensic services; crisis counseling and longer-term psychotherapy; advocacy; accompaniment during police reporting, medical care, and court proceedings; information about rights and options to help victims make informed choices; and many other support services. Over 50,000 victims and their families have received these services.
School Programs: Prevention Education
RTC prevention education programs reach thousands of students each year in middle schools, high schools, and on college campuses. Students gain knowledge and skills. They learn about rape, sexual assault, peer sexual harassment, and other forms of abuse; prevention strategies; options in high-risk situations; ways to safely intervene as “helpful allies” when they are witnesses in situations in which they could help prevent their peers from being sexually abused, assaulted, harassed, or bullied; and how to get help if they or a friend is victimized. The RTC also works to create safer schools by educating teachers and school administrators about how to respond to sexual abuse, bullying, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual violence on their campuses and effective prevention programs and policies.
Training for Providers of Victim Services
The RTC provides professional training and educational programs that reach thousands of victim services providers each year, including police, paramedics, prosecutors, medical and mental health practitioners, and school personnel to enhance the treatment victims receive wherever they turn for help.
Public Education and Policy Reforms
The RTC initiates policy reforms to decrease sexual violence and abuse, change discriminatory practices, and give victims important rights and protections in the systems and institutions with which they interact when they seek help. The RTC also provides public education and consultation, including working with writers and journalists to foster accurate portrayals of rape in the media.